The Mercedes-Benz GL Class Second Generation, was produced from 2012 – present, and is a three-row crossover SUV. This German auto, also known as the X166, is larger than the first generation, and it offers redesigned engines, which lend the vehicle greater efficiency. Despite this make and model’s advancements, a few common issues have been reported, such as vibrations at speeds above 40 mph.
Some owners who have complained of this issue have also reported a scratching sensation in their steering wheels at lower speeds. Some drivers report this problem occurs only when braking, while others notice it consistently. Regardless, typically the issue seems to worsen with mileage. Some owners state that these problems are preceded by warning lights, such as the coolant and check engine lights, and others yet have noticed that the issue does not present itself while coasting.
If you notice problems such as these while driving your German auto, your tires may need to be balanced, or your German import may need new tires. Alternately, road-force tests might be necessary, or, if you are experiencing the scratching feeling, the electronic-dynamic steering system might need to be serviced. Rotors and/or brakes might need replacement. These issues are not always easy to diagnose, even by experts.
For this reason, we recommend consulting an independent German auto mechanic. These professionals will have the proper experience, knowledge, and resources, as well as diagnostic tools to quickly and accurately troubleshoot your Mercedes. Furthermore, these technicians will be familiar with the German import’s recalls and warranties, and, therefore, might be able to help you save further.
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